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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater, Portchester NY on 1971-02-23


Topics Live concert




Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater, Portchester NY

Reviews

Reviewer: Quashie - - March 24, 2011
Subject: Capitol- A Classic
This show is excellent. However, I would like to say that in 1971 the Capitol did not have bench seating. That came later (unfortunately). The Capitol was a classic Thomas Lamb movie theater and is now a national landmark.

When I first set foot in there, in 1971, it was a very magical place indeed. This was the place where Janis Joplin wrote Mercedes Benz before the show (in Vahson's Tavern next door, where she bought drinks for all). At this time, in suburbia, young, hip people were being harassed, followed by the police, etc. Yet, at the Capitol you could be among your own. It opened my eyes to see the throngs waiting in line and to see that a head shop was also next door (the appropriately titled "Store Next to the Capitol.)"

By the way, could someone post a decent copy of Jerry and Bob with the Allman Brothers at Gaelic Park. This was a very special concert (not long after Duane died).
Reviewer: gratedude69 - - February 24, 2010
Subject: laid back
very laid back show, classic tunes...great to hear the big firsts here, monumental night
Reviewer: olddeadguy - - January 1, 2010
Subject: I saw this show
One of the greatest and most memorable evenings of my life.
Reviewer: HuaHinWharfRat - - July 15, 2008
Subject: First time ???
Maybe 'cos they have been played before - starting with 18th Feb at the same venue and maybe even before then.

That quibble aside - a five star show as are all during this Feb 1971 run.

Would make a nice boxed set (as per the recent Winterland collection), but don't tell Rhino that I said that ............
Reviewer: reddreads - - July 14, 2008
Subject: First time Standards
I cant beleave nobody has commented that this was the first time they played, Warf Rat, Greatest Story Ever Told, Johnny B. Good, Looser, Playing In The Band, and Bertha. This was a monumental show for music history.
Reviewer: rollandfin - - August 10, 2007
Subject: great stuff
well overdew!
the morning dew and other once into wrat are worth the download alone, this show has a different feeling than the other 5, worth hearing to understand

email me at fieldhouse11277@hotmail.com happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: I_love_you - - April 13, 2007
Subject: killer show
well i am absolutly positive that tree-ap has been to a rainbow gathering! WE LOOOVE YOU TOO!
Reviewer: tree-ap - - October 25, 2006
Subject: JBG!!!
HOLY SHIT!!! I don't think Johnny B. Goode has ever been played at such a breakneck pace as in this show---balls-out R&R man... Anyway, NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, JBG are after the Good Lovin'.
One more show where straw was spun into GOLD!!!

One comment though, when shows are uploaded, could we get the jams as one "file" instead of breaking it up into "TRUCKIN'" > "JAM" > "DRUMS" > "THE OTHER ONE JAM" > "THE OTHER ONE" > "JAM"???? How about "Truckin" > "THE OTHER ONE"???? Since SBD's can only be streamed now it sucks when the stream stops to load the next "song"---the FLOW is broken. CHINA>RIDER, LAZY LIGHTNING/SUPPLICATION, NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, etc, etc, should ALWAYS be shown as ONE song or file also. I' can't be the only one with this gripe???
It's still ALL ABOUT THE LOVE though...WWWEEE LLLOOOVVVEEE YYYOOOUUU!!!
Reviewer: justoldalph - - August 29, 2006
Subject: Such a great run Feb 71 at the Capitol
I give it 4 stars only because the sound mix takes a while to get right, but it is that close to a select few 5 star rating. Great performances to go along with the rest of the week in Port Chester, where the drinking age was 18. The sound for this winter run is clear as a bell, much clearer than the 1970 shows at the Capitol. The rhythm section of Bill and Phil is right up in the mix throughout, and although Jerry's guitar is not way out front, everybody is in the mix. They were basicially playing as a quartet for most of these shows. Good work Betty for the board and Leigh for the cleanup, no, GREAT work. Editing these shows is a labor of love, and I nearly have the entire run saved to disk. Every night in February they were in the zone. The Morning Dew, as with almost all versions, is spine tingling. Good Loving! I could go on...
Anybody else hear the notorious loose bass drum pedal here and especially on the 20th?
Reviewer: SavannahDeadHead - - April 26, 2006
Subject: this is not 2004
This is obviously not from 2004 but it is a great show! This is a soundboard from Capitol Theater, Portchester NY 02/23/71. This was a funky little theater, with bench seats and the place was often freezing in the wintertime. Portchester is a working class suburb about 20 miles northeast of New York City, on Long island Sound. The theater was pretty ragged but the Dead played some great shows during this run and like much of early '71, they play tight and dirty.
Setlist: Uncle John's Band/Loser/Playing In The Band/Big Boss Man/China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider/Bobby McGee/Bertha/Next Time You See Me/tuning/Morning Dew/Sugar Magnolia/Casey Jones/tuning/Me & My Uncle/Bird Song/tuning/Truckin>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat/Greatest Story Ever Told/Good Lovin.
This is a tasty addition to the archives and I thank whomever shared it with us. Also, I would love to hear from kindred spirits, deadheads, and other misfits. Email me at palebluehalo@bellsouth.net and enjoy the show.
Reviewer: skb archives - - April 25, 2006
Subject: Correct date Is...
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